RSD2 Symposium Call for Participation

Tuesday 27th August 2013

 Call for Participation


 Relating Systems Thinking & Design 2 Theme: Emerging Contexts for Systemic Design

The second RSD symposium will take place at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) 9-11 October, 2013. The symposium is a meeting of roughly 50  researchers and scholars committed to developing discourses and methods in this emerging field, with a schedule of presentations and workshops being held at AHO. We also invite up to 100 non-presenting participants who may wish to attend and participate in discussions and dialogue as part of this developing international community of practice and scholars. The symposium is free of charge, but is hosted as a working conference without the typical amenities of a revenue-based and sponsored event. Interested applicants are invited to register at the symposium website:

The schedule includes up to 50 presenters in 5 thematic tracks.  The schedule consists of a day of workshops and two days of presenter discussions based on reviewed and accepted abstracts. 9th October: Workshops 1oth - 11th October: Symposium Overview of Symposium: The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers and transdisciplinary innovators. Our worlds have become too complex for linear and goal-driven management, resulting in hopelessly complicated social, economic, and political systems. The global demand for sustainability, democratic economies, and the emerging social arrangements for better education, employment, and development have become too complex for conventional thinking. In re-examining the relationship of systems thinking to design we believe it possible for systems thinking and design praxis to develop the foundations for new, interrelated practices. This synergistic relationship will launch a new generation of systems-oriented thinkers empowered with the creativity and perspectives of design thinking. As educators and researchers, we also seek better theoretical foundations and rigor in design thinking. Organizing Committee

Birger Sevaldson, AHO, Institute of Design

Harold Nelson, University of Montana

Peter Jones, OCAD University, Toronto

Alex Ryan, Ph.D.

 Linda Blaasvaer, AHO

RSD2 Symposium


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